MSU Preps for Fall Move-In, Growing Demand for On-Campus Housing
EAST LANSING, MICH. – Michigan State University’s Residence Education and Housing Services department is preparing for the arrival of more than 15,560 students between now and August 27. Over the course of days, the campus’ backdrop will transform as students from all over the world fill residence halls with Spartan spirit.
Like many other colleges and universities nationwide, MSU is attracting an influx of talented and intelligent students who realize the benefit of a world-class education. Due to the increase of students, the demand for on-campus housing has also increased over the years.
“Students want to live on campus,” said Dr. Kathy Collins, director of Residence Education and Housing Services at MSU. “They understand the positive difference that living here makes on what we like to call their overall Spartan experience.”
Because MSU also believes in the importance of the on-campus living experience, housing is guaranteed for all new students. As in years past, a small number of students in each residence hall will be placed in a transitional housing assignment in order to meet the housing demand. Transitional housing is an arrangement in which rooms are converted to house one additional student, typically on a temporary basis. Less than 6 percent of students living on campus will be impacted by transitional housing.
The REHS staff is working hard this year to ensure that students placed in transitional housing have a positive experience. In an effort to address the unique circumstances of students in transitional housing, Collins has put together a comprehensive committee, made up of both staff and students, to handle communications, logistics and training for full-time and student staff.
“Meeting the needs of students in transitional housing assignments is one of our highest priorities,” said Collins. “Our staff is available to provide safe, comfortable housing so students can focus on their academic success at MSU.”
A study conducted by MSU’s Residential and Hospitality Services during the 2010-2011 academic year found that the majority of transitionally housed students reported they were satisfied with their on-campus housing experience. Students assigned to transitional housing are given the opportunity to move in one day earlier than others and will receive a rebate on their student account for the time they are in the assignment.
To view a video of Spartan alumni who lived in transitional housing at MSU, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?